Sen. Murkowski Releases A Statement On Whether More Witnesses Are Needed: “I Will Vote Against Considering Motions To Subpoena”

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The House managers are making their case for witnesses on the Senate floor as it is being reported that Republicans have enough votes to prevent that from going forward.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), however, took to Twitter Friday to express her view on how the Democratic-led House handled the impeachment process before they sent their articles to the Senate. She also weighed in on whether or not the Senate should hear from additional witnesses.

In a thread of tweets, Senator Murkowski released the following statement on Twitter:

“I worked for a fair, honest, and transparent process, modeled after the Clinton trial, to provide ample time for both sides to present their cases, ask thoughtful questions, and determine whether we need more.

The House chose to send articles of impeachment that are rushed and flawed. I carefully considered the need for additional witnesses and documents, to cure the shortcomings of its process, but ultimately decided that I will vote against considering motions to subpoena.

Given the partisan nature of this impeachment from the very beginning and throughout, I have come to the conclusion that there will be no fair trial in the Senate. I don’t believe the continuation of this process will change anything. (Continued Below)

It is sad for me to admit that, as an institution, the Congress has failed. It has also become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice.

I will not stand for nor support that effort. We have already degraded our institution for partisan political benefit, and I will not enable those who wish to pull down another. We are sadly at a low point of division in this country.”

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Senator Lisa Murkowski’s official tweets:

(Related: Pelosi Claims Trump “Won’t Be Acquitted” If The Senate Votes Not To Convict Him On The Two Articles)